East Yorkshire Carnegie, seventeenth in Toolstation NCEL Division One, were on the wrong end of a single goal and three red cards in a 1-0 away defeat to second-placed Winterton Rangers in Scunthorpe yesterday – and their Manager, Leon Sewell had plenty to get off his chest when he spoke to the Bootiful Game, writes Colin Muncie.
“Where do I start – as I’m still not quite sure what I witnessed yesterday afternoon at West Street,” Leon admitted. For 75 minutes I would like to believe that both sets of players, management teams and supporters will agree the game was a good strong NCEL arm wrestle at eleven v eleven with a handful of efforts on target for both teams. Both teams were growing frustrated with some dubious refereeing; he was consistent in having a stop-start game wanting to talk to every player about nothing – instead of letting the game flow.”
Leon homed in on the decisive moments. “For me, there were two huge turning points in the game,” he told us. “The first one is (Winterton’s) Chas Fisher performing what can only be described as a superman header goal-line clearance from my striker Josh Walker. This – for me -won Winterton the game.”
“The second turning point was the referee sending three of my players off,” Leon added. “(Winterton manager) Scott Hellewell may disagree with me on the straight red card – but the Winterton player soon got to his feet and even laughed, saying that he’d bought the referee. The other two red cards are second yellows through frustrating circumstances and the referee being arrogant, and – for me – making it all about him. It speaks volumes when you have members of the opposition Committee saying they will support us if we report the referee.”
“Managers will talk a lot about the referee assessors influencing officials on game days,” Leon went on. “The question for me is why we have a young referee with minimal experience of, and exposure to NCEL football, but who had no assessor with him yesterday?”
Turning back to the game, Leon saw plenty to encourage him. “On the whole I’m only looking at the 75 minutes where it was 11v11 and I’m happy with the performance we put in,” he said. “We were hard working, resolute and we had our fair share of the ball and opportunities in the 75 minutes. I thought young David Robson in goal made some good saves to keep us in the game, my back four – for me – won their battles, the midfielders grafted and broke play up and up top we did everything but score.”
Leon has already moved on to his first home game of 2019, and a visit from Albert Dudill’s Steelmen. “Well done to Winterton for grinding out the 1-0 win; thanks for the hospitality and good luck for the remainder of the season,” he noted. “I’m now eager for next Saturday when we welcome Parkgate FC to Dunswell Park.”
Not for the first time, Leon paid tribute to the travelling support. “Personally from me, the EYC supporters who turned out yesterday were fantastic. The support and noise were greatly appreciated from me and all the players,” he commented.
“I’d like to wish all at EYC, the NCEL and The Bootiful Game a Happy New Year -and all the best for 2019!!!”